BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen operate plants in South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, respectively. None are unionized.
The IAM has about 700,000 members including 500,000 active members and 100,000 aerospace members including about 27,000 at Boeing.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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